Faugères "Cuvée Tradition," Clos Fantine
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Faugères "Cuvée Tradition," Clos Fantine - 2019

Item # 27131 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Exquisite quality drips from this tenuous Southern French blend. Carignan and Grenache dominate the blend on this wine of deep concentrated black berried fruit, crystalline stone acidity and sculpted tannins. A whiff of wild scrubbland herbs reinforce a Mediterranean feeling in this wine meant for a feast. Clos Fantine is a domain run by two sisters. They vinify their wines by parcel, feeding the grapes whole cluster into large concrete vats. the wine matures 18 months.

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Staff Pick Notes

That first immediate hit of allspice and nutmeg emanating from the glass signals that this is a classic expression of Mediterranean-inflected wine. A blend of the traditional grape varieties of the Languedoc – Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre – this wine is rich and dense from the first sip, and yet it somehow deftly manages to be juicy and refreshing. Aged in concrete for 18 months, it is also unoaked; the choice not to use oak delivers clean, youthful flavors, while the acidity is vibrant enough to counter the richness of the extract and the higher level of alcohol. Primary notes of plump, sweet cherry quickly cede to flavors of cured black olives, minerals, and dried figs. Overall, well balanced and delightful. I do recommend slightly cooling this wine for a few minutes before serving.

- RG

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